Friday, April 30, 2010

Too late for gloves & scarves?

Nah!  Especially these two! 

I finished up some fingerless mitts for hackerblinks - coding mitts, for those freezing hands that need to type so much ;-)  By the way, he's got a new cd out - here are links to the iTunes download and hard copy!  The album was done as part of the RPM Challenge.

Coding Mitts Details are HERE! Yes! That, folks, is a link to my Ravelry Project Page for the mitts.  This is a new feature added by the awesome people maintaining Ravelry.  You can now see my page without logging in!  (By the way, if you're a knitter or crocheter and you're not on Ravelry, seriously...check it out.  Or, if you're a coder & want to check out their implementation details...)

This is my Drop Stitch Scarf, made from yarn I bought on vacation in Manzanita last year.

I really like it so far!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tote Bag

Here's my latest, the work of Sunday Evening!  (Ok, a little bit on Monday too.) (note: this was actually a couple weeks ago, and I never posted the post...)

Pattern:  Fat Quarter Tote Tutorial

Mods: My fat quarters were narrow, so my cut pieces were 10.5in wide.  I also decided that I wanted longer handles, so I cut two 1.75in strips out of both fabrics and used one on either side of the handle.  The liner, cut from a 3rd fat quarter, sticks out more than suggested as well. 

I was impressed that I finished this bag in so short a time.  Really a total of less than 3 hours.  And probably the next one will go faster.  Since I finished the bag, it has been my project bag for a scarf I'm working on.  The perfect size & it folds up and fits in my purse! (Ok, so my purse is large...)

Changes for next time?  I might actually add some interfacing, especially to the handles, just for a bit more support.  But other than that, it's a super cute bag, the tutorial is easy to follow, and I've proven to myself that it's useable! 
I have come to somewhat of a conclusion about my crafting though.  I really like the DOING it.  But, I also fully understand that I cannot POSSIBLY keep everything I make.  Fortunately, the people I'm close to like (I think...) getting handmade stuff! (Let me know if you don't ;-) )  Of course, I do love using stuff I made, especially when people ask me where I got it ;-)

That's all for now.  I have more things to post about.  Will try (again) to be more consistent.  Maybe I should schedule posts for myself...  Happy Wednesday!